Senate Rejects 40% Cut in Oil Use; Approves 10% Renewable Portfolio Standard for Electricity
17 June 2005
Work on the Senate version of the energy bill (S. 10) continued Thursday.
The bill, co-sponsored by Senators Feinstein (D-CA), Reid (D-NV, Minority Leader) and Durbin (D-IL) went down 47–53, basically on a party-line vote with four exceptions.
One Democrat (Stabenow, MI) voted against the bill; three Republican senators (Chafee, RI; Snowe, ME; and Specter, PA) voted for it.
However, Senator Jeff Bingaman’s (D-NM) amendment to establish a national renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for electricity generation squeaked by 50–48.
That amendement, which was opposed by the White House (earlier post), mandates every electric utility to generate an increasing minimum percentage of its power from renewable resources, scaling up to a minimum of 10% by 2020.
The amendment was co-sponsored by a bi-partisan set of 14 other senators: Coleman (R-MN); Jeffords (I-VT); Collins (R-ME); Dorgan (D-ND); Feinstein (D-CA); Cantwell (D-WA); Reid (D-NV, Minority Leader); Salazar (D-CO); Obama (D-IL); Clinton (D-NY); Kerry (D-MA); Lautenberg (D-NJ); Johnson (D-SD); and Snowe (R-ME).
Eight Republicans voted for the RPS: Brownback, KS; Chafee, RI; Coleman, MN; Collins, ME; Grassley, IA; Smith, OR; Snowe, ME; and Specter, PA. Two Democrats voted against it: Byrd, WV; and Nelson, NE.
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